FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS: All Gold Everything. An Elegy

Frohawk Two Feathers
All Gold Everything. An Elegy
September 8 – October 27, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8, 6-8PM

Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present All Gold Everything. An Elegy, a new series of paintings on paper by Los Angeles artist, Frohawk Two Feathers. The exhibition will run from September 8 – October 27, 2012 with an opening reception on Saturday, September 8th from 6 – 8PM.

All gold. All gold anything. (x4) I want. I want everything.
All gold. All gold anything. (x2) All gold. All gold everything.

So begins Soulja Boy and Young L’s 2011 hip-hop hit “All Gold Everything.”  And so ends the final chapter of Frohawk’s trilogy detailing the battles for and the eventual conquest of Hispaniola. Beginning in LA in 2011 and looping across the country to NY, Denver, and back to LA again, the story follows Andre Lafayette (a character loosely based on Toussaint L’Ouverture and Jean Jacques Dessalines) and his confederates as they eliminate (and co-opt) their former colonial masters, the Company Crocodile, and anyone who would stand in their way.

In his typical complex fashion, Frohawk weaves layered and at times clashing stories of falsified, glorified, and rectified histories that draw upon various traditions and religions, forming connections across time and geographical space.

Although still painted in his recognizable and signature style, the works in All Gold Everything. An Elegy highlight a brighter, more vivid, and tropical color palette of vibrant blues, yellows and lush greens.  Stylistically, Frohawk creates his own iconographic language, mixing Egyptian, Carib/Arawak, African, Pre-Columbian, and Abrahamic symbolism. This convergence of both domestic and imported religions and
cultural traditions results in a syncretism typical of Frohawk’s graphic interwoven tales.

Works include “Let Me Upgrade Ya,” and “Most Young Kings (The Death of Andre I)” demonstrating the artist’s continuous vocal narrative and visual mix of all things current and past.

Frohawk Two Feathers has exhibited internationally with shows in Miami, Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. and Cape Town. His work is currently on view at the MCA Denver for his solo exhibition We Buy Gold, We Buy Everything, We Sell Souls. The artist has been featured in myriad publications including Art in America, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Flaunt, New American Paintings and The Huffington Post, among others. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

TIMOTHY HULL: Interview

Gallery artist Timothy Hull is subject of an article by Ken Miller for Interview Magazine entitled Timothy Hull’s Brooklyn Is In Ruins.

“August is generally the month New Yorkers think about escaping the city to some exotic locale. But what if it turned out that an exotic ruin had appeared along a rugged stretch of downtown Brooklyn real estate? Commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Accelerated Ruin is a monumental sculpture by New York artist Timothy Hull and Future Expansion Architects.”

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FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS: The Idlers

Gallery artist Frohawk Two Feathers is the subject of an article by Ana Holguin for The Idler entitled (Re)Inventing The Past.

… “Frohawk Two Feathers’ commentary on authenticity and archives as it forms in this production of false-ish history is complex, revisionary, and playful. Depictions of these people — people important enough to be enunciated through art and whose renderings are then worthy of keeping as historical artifact — are refreshingly colorful, tattooed, and often outfitted in period costume with nods to modern day urban and ethnically marked looks. Men and women sport bandanas and teardrop tats on their brown (Native, Spanish, African, mixed) bodies while holding the poses of the noble people we overwhelmingly have encountered as white in our historical instruction. In creating these characters, he imagines a history in which people of color make the rules, set the fashions, mark the territory, and though it is no less war-mongering than the stories we already know, the insertion of color in this way not only creates a picture of pride and power where we rarely see one (as in a museum setting) but also critiques the level to which white history has been constructed as Truth.”

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FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS: Artist Conversation


The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is hosting an Artist Conversation with Frohawk Two Feathers.

Wednesday July 18th, 2012

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany Street
Denver, CO

For more information, visit MCA Denver’s website.

FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS: New American Paintings

LA-based art historian, editor, and writer Ellen C. Caldwell reviews Frohawk Two Feathers’ exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver for New American Paintings.

On June 21st, MCA hosted Frohawk Two Feathers’ (NAP #73) first solo museum show opening. Co-curated by Nora Burnett Abrams and Tricia Robson, Frohawk’s We Buy Gold, We Buy Everything, We Sell Souls, features 20+ paintings on both paper and stretched leather.  The leather sculptures include drums and stretched panels on wood.  And at times, the feaux-aged paper also appears sculptural with its deep divots and contours. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

With recent gallery shows in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York, and South Africa, Frohawk Two Feathers has continued to reveal and recount contiguous installments in his ever-evolving Frenglish saga.  Reimagining history, he plays with historical facts and fictions in retelling an invented past where France and England once united in the 1800s.  Often an oppositional combination of humor, violence, and solemnity, his work easily draws audiences in. Complex and layered, his work, at times, is hard to follow chronologically and logically (if one’s mind works in a strictly linear fashion).  This confusion can arise because his stories and saga installments time-travel and geographically-travel between exhibitions and cities, taking tumultuous turns throughout intricately recrafted and recast historical battles.

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CHARLENE LIU: Huffington Post

Peter Frank reviews Charlene Liu for the Huffington Post.

Charlene works with handmade paper, frequently lacing it with pigmented pulp. She fashions her deliciously textured material into interwoven arabesques, quavering grids, and, often enough, stylized flowers and other referential motifs. The motifs are as referential to decorative tropes – not least those of Liu’s native Taiwan – as they are to actual flora. Liu’s approach, in fact, collapses several art-historical phenomena, from Art Nouveau to the handmade-paper and handmade-book movements of the 1970s. Rather than seeming coy and dated, however, these buoyant, cleverly composed and sweetly hued confabulations generate a refreshing busyness, a summery kind of energy.
– Peter Frank

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KYLE FIELD: GQ Magazine

Gallery artist Kyle Field is the subject of an article by Eric Puchner in the May issue of GQ Magazine, entitled “The Cooler Me.”

“Not too long ago, I was sitting backstage at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and drinking beer with my doppelgänger, a 39-year-old singer-songwriter named Kyle Field. Or rather, I was drinking beer by myself while he entertained his fans, most of whom seemed to be half his age. Despite his best efforts, he’d failed to conceal his grizzly good looks. He was very tan, had a big amber beard, and was wearing a sea captain’s hat that somehow added to his charm. There are not many grown men out there who can wear a captain’s hat and not look like a member of the Village People, but my doppelgänger is one of them. He spotted me through the haze of pot smoke and lifted his beer, and I lifted mine back. We were the oldest people in the room—perhaps the whole club. And yet we’d entered some alternate universe: a Neverland where no one aged or had children or worried about pesky bourgeois things, like brain cells or health insurance.”

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KYLE FIELD: Huffington Post

Yasmine Mohseni reviews the group exhibition “Greetings”, featuring work by gallery artist Kyle Field at the Brachfeld Gallery in Paris for the Huffington Post.

“Ed Brachfeld is an American in Paris who, in addition to having an art and fashion production company, opened a gallery in 2008. For his current show, he turned to curator-food blogger-photographer and woman-about-town Danielle Rubi to select a group of artists. Danielle invited three California-based artists, Kyle Field, Nathaniel Russell and Alia Shawkat to an artist’s residence in Burgundy to create work for the show, which explores the literal and abstracted meanings of a greeting. And the plot thickens — Fine artist is merely one of the job descriptions adopted by these three multi-talented individuals. Kyle has been performing and recording for years under the name Little Wings and Nat plays and records music under the name Birds Of America. Alia is a singer and actress, best known for her portrayal of Maeby in Arrested Development, one of the best television shows ever to air. The result is an eclectic and fun exhibition, which was kicked off by an equally fun and very well-attended opening featuring music, drinks and, of course, art. And let’s not forget there was an after party. Where? Paris’ only good Mexican restaurant Candelaria, of course. What else would you expect from a group of self-respecting Californians?!”

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FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS: Frohawk Two Feathers: We Buy Gold, We Buy Everything, We Sell Souls, at MCA Denver

June 21 – September 9, 2012

Taylor De Cordoba is thrilled to announce that MCA Denver will present the first solo museum exhibition dedicated to the work of Frohawk Two Feathers, the pseudonym for L.A.-based artist Umar Rashid. The exhibition, entitled Frohawk Two Feathers: We Buy Gold, We Buy Everything, We Sell Souls, will be on view from June 21, 2012 through September 9, 2012, and feature more than 20 paintings, works on paper and sculpture. Over the course of his career, Frohawk Two Feathers has created works that provide a magnificent re-imagining of history, narrating the story of Frengland, his fictionalized empire of a combined France and England. His drawings are detailed accounts of the traditions and rituals associated with the Frenglish leaders and culture, confronting issues of racism, power, greed, and ideological opposition within an invented period during the eighteenth century. By re-imagining colonial history, his work shows the subjective nature of historical recollection.

Co-curated by Nora Burnett Abrams and Tricia Robson, the presentation at MCA Denver focuses on key characters and battles from the initial formation and early expansion of Frengland, as well as subsequent imperial conquests and campaigns against the crown. Rooted in this early history, the artist produced new works for this exhibition that further develop the complex narrative of the Frenglish empire, expanding the scope of his earlier work to North America and linking the narrative of Frengland to Colorado.

The exhibition’s opening celebration kicks off Thursday, June 21, 2012, at 6PM for members and 8PM for non-members. The museum’s hours will be extended until midnight (12AM, Friday, June 22), with special events surrounding the summer solstice, including a rap performance with Superdeluxe featuring Umar Rashid and Micah James.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by Tina Walls, MCA Denver’s Director’s Vision Society members, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. We would also like to further thank the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

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CHRIS NATROP: Exhibition in Maine

Los Angeles-based installation artist Chris Natrop transforms the Zillman Gallery into a mesmerizing environment of gleaming free form cutouts created from mirrored Plexiglas and acid-cut brass.  His wall-based Duplex Mirror Rush is composed of multiple elements of intricately shaped mirrors installed in the corner of the gallery. The silhouette shapes, which are derived from the artist’s original large-cut paper compositions, are digitally altered.

In much of his work, Natrop uses a utility knife to spontaneously cut away a large sheet of paper to create forms that reference plants and hanging vegetation.

After establishing himself in the San Francisco art scene, Chris Natrop moved to Los Angeles in 2005. With exhibitions at notable museums, galleries and art centers under his belt, it’s safe to say that the city of angels has welcomed his exquisite hand-cut multimedia installations with open arms.  Chris Natrop has been represented by Taylor De Cordoba since 2009.

Chris Natrop’s new work is on view at Umaine Museum of Art, 40 Harlow Street Bangor, ME 04401

June 22 – September 15, 2012

 

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